Surrounded by the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is a rugged and mountainous island containing a wide variety of bird-rich habitats. Host to 17 endemics and numerous Greater Antillean and Caribbean restricted species, Puerto Rico has surprisingly been forgotten amongst its more illustrious neighbours - Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola. While the many endemics and near-endemics are the priority, the island also plays host to a number of wintering North American passerines. From the humid Luquillo Mountains, we will work our way through the cool slopes of Maricao and the dry forests of Guanica. Our tour takes in the major habitats, offering us an excellent chance of seeing almost all the island’s endemics.
Plain Pigeon, Puerto Rican Lizard Cuckoo, Puerto Rican Screech Owl, Puerto Rican Nightjar, Antillean Mango, Green Mango, Green-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Puerto Rican Emerald, Puerto Rican Tody, Puerto Rican Woodpecker, Lesser Antillean Pewee, Puerto Rican Flycatcher, Puerto Rican Vireo, Antillean Euphonia, Elfin Woods Warbler, Adelaide’s Warbler, Puerto Rican Oriole, Yellow-shouldered Blackbird, Greater Antillean Grackle, Puerto Rican Bullfinch, Puerto Rican Tanager, Puerto Rican Spindalis, Loggerhead Kingbird, Scaly-naped Pigeon, Shiny Cowbird, Northern Mockingbird.
wetlands, mudflats, dry xerophytic forest, humid montane forest, mangroves, grasslands, humid lowland forest
tropical to tropical arid. Average temperatures at this time of year vary between 19ºC (66ºF) in the evenings to 30ºC (86ºF) during the heat of the day. We visit during the middle of the dry season, although rain could fall in the humid forests
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
relaxed with little trail hiking. Most birding is done from the road or on wide paths
mostly easy with some tougher species
Forrest was great as usual and our local guide was fantastic. The food and accommodations were excellent
The trip and the Guides were excellent.
Bobby Wilcox was an excellent leader. And the local guide, was excellent as well.
We enjoyed this trip very much. Forrest Rowland and our local guide made a good team and we were well taken care of. We got all of the endemics except for the Amazon parrot which is now in a prohibited access area, as well as a number of other new species as well.
Forrest is an excellent guide all around. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and also fun to be with.
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